Bucks fail in the clutch not just once, but twice! Magic 93 Bucks 90

Orlando Magic 93 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 40 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +9

The difference between battling Robin correction:Brook Lopez for boards vs. battling Dwight Howard is ten rebounds. The freaky thing is that Ersan almost always has more offensive rebounds.

Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 9-19 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -6

He had a fiery first and fourth, but was mostly nonexistent in the second and third quarters. Three weeks ago he would have rained hellfire and brimstone on Jameer Nelson and Chris Duhon. Right now he’s settling for long twos and lazy drives. This is mildly frustrating.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 36 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +8

My favorite play this season has been Dunleavy running baseline, then someone setting a screen for him as he pops to the wing. Swish. The Bucks run it a lot, but not nearly enough to satisfy my bloodlust for points.

Larry Sanders, C 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +2

After the game I just wanted to hug Sanders and scream, “It’ll be okay!” Not that he needed any encouragement from me. Rather, I needed to do that for me.

I ended up not hugging him because that would have been weird and I would have been thrown out of the Bradley Center. Sanders had a fine performance marked by his strong defense on Dwight Howard. Howard had 28 points and 16 rebounds, but Sanders forced him into a lot of tough shots and got a few late offensive fouls for the Bucks. Plus, he caught the ball a few times! Imagine that, getting a double-double isn’t too hard when you catch the ball.

Three Things We Saw

  1. More creative play calling needs to happen when the team doesn’t have a true center on the floor. If Dwight Howard is guarding Jon Leuer, then shove Leuer in the weakside corner. Leuer has corner three range, he can make Dwight pay for straying. Plus it keeps Dwight away from the strong side and I can’t stress enough how remarkable he is at swallowing an entire side of the court.
  2. Making up for Bogut isn’t about finding a bigger body to replace him. It’s about replacing his responsibilities. Ilyasova matches all the rebounding Bogut did and more. Sanders is developing very nicely as a defender. He didn’t commit stupid fouls against Howard and he moves well enough to become a solid help defender. There is hope for this frontcourt yet, at least until Ilyasova gets traded.
  3. How many of you called an awful crunch time play? How many of you called two?

Categories: Recaps

Tags: ,,,


  1. MatthewSchwendinger

    Don’t praise Sanders too much, I think this game is a fluke for him. He’ll be back to his excessively fouling days in no time. I peered down at my phone while at work tonight and noticed, “Ok, 3 minutes left, no way they’ll blow it this time.” I literally screamed on my way to my car when I read they lost shortly after work. Can’t believe it. What is seriously going on?!? No Jackson. Luc Richard only 8 minutes. Seriously, do something over All-Star break Mr. Kohl. Mr. Hammond, etc.

    Fun fact, people are getting so fed up I’ve seen people writing to Herb Kohl and all over his Facebook wall. Funny or sad? You decide.

    Sorry. That was a frustration rant.

    • PattiRafalskiDavison

      @MatthewSchwendinger Watching the entire game, Skiles let his most productive players try to get this win. They had some nice plays, ball movement, rebounds, steals…all in all these guys were trying hard to get it done. I would have been more upset with this loss had Jackson gone in. The man changes the momentum. Watching Sanders and Leuer play against Howard was exciting. This team’s future success will be based on how Sanders, Leuer & Harris can improve and not on if Jackson decides to show up at game time! The men on the court were the best to help show these guys how to execute a play.

      • MatthewSchwendinger

        @PattiRafalskiDavison We shouldn’t be paying him $10 million to sit then. A trade needs to happen, I REALLY would like NOT to amnesty him. What if Bogut gets hurt AGAIN next year? NO ONE will take Bogut from, he should be amnestied if anyone (next year).

    • @MatthewSchwendinger

      For every good finish Sanders made at the rim, it seemed he countered it with a turnover due to his statuelike hands. He’s doing just enough to tease you with hope, but oh my gawsh is he such a knucklehead. If he could just learn how to catch the freaking ball and stop making so many braindead plays, he could be so much more productive and see so many more minutes.

  2. I get why Mbah a Moute wouldnt play 2nite, only reason he should see 20 mins or more a game is if they are playing against a tough offensive threat at the 3 or 4. Otherwise dude is a black hole on offense, you can probly count the number of jumpers he’s hit this season on 1 hand

  3. Minor correction, but Ilyasova’s 25 boards were against Brook Lopez, not Robin. Otherwise, spot on analysis. What’s sad is that this game came down to one missed rebound that ended up in Ryan Anderson’s hands, who then ended up Bucks’ hopes for a win with a dagger three.

  4. I looked it up, according to 82games.com (not entirely up to date cuz they only have LRMAM having had playing 15 games on year) but he has made roughly 11.5 jumpshots this season while playing 20 minutes per game